As predicted Sunday, the Reds added Dilson Herrera to the 40-man roster and activated him today to replace Brandon Dixon, who was sent back to AAA Louisville.
Herrera slashed .330/.417/.524 with 12 XBH, 22 RBI and 17 R in 27 games since June 1 at Louisville. pic.twitter.com/S4pUgazxxL
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 6, 2018
The Reds acquired Herrera from the New York Mets in the August 2016 Jay Bruce trade. Herrera is 24, two months older than Jose Peraza, and has struggled with shoulder injuries while in the Reds organization. Herrera was once viewed as a top prospect in the Mets system, but injury problems have slowed his development. Because of concerns over his shoulder, Herrera went unclaimed on waivers this year and taken off the Reds 40-man roster.
Doug Gray wrote here recently how the Reds will need to keep Herrera with the major league team once they call him up. Let’s hope the club can find more playing time for Herrera than they did for Brandon Dixon or Alex Blandino. They need to figure out what Herrera can do. Hard to see them finding that opportunity without a trade creating it.
(Least surprising update ever: Herrera is not in today’s lineup against the Cubs.)
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